Classic Lares Trek to Machu Picchu

From Cusco to Cusco
  • Peru
  • Walking and Active
  • Custom
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Tour Description

Embark on a trek which allows you to interact with the friendly Andean locals and take in breathtaking Peruvian scenery as you make your way to the ancient Incan citadel of Machu Picchu. Starting in colonial Cusco you can acclimatize to the altitude with a day at leisure enjoying the sights of this gorgeous city or engaging in one of the area's thrilling activities such as paragliding or rafting. From here begins a rewarding 3 day trek through the Sacred Valley. As you ascend over mountain passes and through forested walkways you will pass through many native communities where traditional custom and dress are prevalent. Your Machu Picchu hike takes you past significant archaeological sites and ruins steeped in Andean history. The trek concludes in Aguas Calientes where tired bodies can relax with a well earned rest in the natural thermal pools.

The next day is the true highlight - a trip up to Machu Picchu. This magnificent UNESCO World Heritage site stands proudly on a mountain ridge fringed with forest. A full day visit and guided tour will enlighten you about the incredible structures of these ruins as well as give insights into the ancient Inca civilization that built them. For those seeking an active adventure that is immersed in history and culture, you will be rewarded when you visit the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.


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Meet local friendly Andean communities

Explore wonderful Cusco with its cobbled streets & Incan history & charm

Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu is one of the most important archaeological sites in the world listed as one of the New Seven Wonders of the world

Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Upon arrival you will be met & transferred to your hotel
Cusco, set at an altitude of 3,400 metres in the Peruvian Andes, was once the capital of the Inca Empire. It is known for its Spanish colonial architecture and Incan remains.
Overnight in Cusco

Day 2

Day at leisure to enjoy Cusco. Stroll through the walled alleys, enjoy coffee in the busy plazas and market places or seek your thrill in adventure activities such a biking, rafting, paragliding and more
Overnight in Cusco

Day 3
Lares Trek

We depart early in the morning towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas. When we reach Calca province, we start to ascend to the pass of Hualcapunku (4,400m); from here we can appreciate views of the magnificent snow-capped peak of Ausangate - at 6,370m, it is the highest mountain in the Cusco region.
After lunch, we walk towards the small Andean village of Huaca Wasi (3600m), where our first campsite is located.
Camp overnight

Day 4
Lares Trek

Today is the toughest day on the trek: we gradually ascend to Abray Ipsay (4,400m) the highest pass on the trek. As we walk, we will be able to appreciate small, traditional communities, where Andean customs and typical dress are very much in evidence.
After lunch by Ipsaycocha Lake, we continue to our camp at Patacancha (3,700m), a village renowned for its traditional weaving.
Camp overnight

Day 4
Lares Trek

We continue with our trip though the Patacancha Valley and different, native communities: Willoq (3600m) and Pumamarca (3400m). We arrive at the ancient, archaeological remains of Ollantaytambo, one of the oldest, largest and most significant ruins in the Sacred Valley, where we take a rest.
Late in the afternoon, we depart by train to Aguas Calientes (2,050 m), where we spend the night.
Overnight Aguas Calientes

Day 5
Machu PIcchu Cusco

After breakfast, we enjoy the 'Lost City of the Incas', Machu Picchu. We take the bus from Aguas Calientes for our journey up to Machu Picchu ruins, where we have a guided tour.
After a full day visiting this amazing city built by the Incas, we descend by bus to Aguas Calientes to take the train back to Cusco.
Please be aware that your tour of Machu Picchu does not include an entry permit to Huayna Picchu (the iconic hill behind the Machu Picchu ruins). If you want to climb Huayna Picchu then you need to pre-book your permit. Requires advance booking. Please ask for more details.
Overnight Cusco

Day 6
Cusco Depart

Depart Any time. Transfer to the Airport is Included
*Extend your stay & include a trip to the Peru Amazon, or Fly to Ecuador & join a Galapagos Cruise

What’s Included

  • Included Copy 20 4 nights accommodation in standard hotels
  • Included Copy 20 2 nights camping in High-quality camping equipment (2-person dome tents and mattresses)
  • Included Copy 31 Hotel upgrades available
  • Included Copy 20 Dining tent, Kitchen tent, Toilet tent, 1st Aid Kit
  • Included Copy 20 Sleeping bag hire included while on Trek
  • Included Copy 20 Breakfast daily, and other meals as outlined in the included sightseeing tours
  • Included Copy 20 All meals while on Lares Trek
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Mules to carry camping and cooking equipment as well as limited personal belonging
  • Included Copy 20 Cooking equipment
  • Included Copy 20 Train tickets: Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes - Cusco
  • Included Copy 20 Bus tickets: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes.
  • Included Copy 20 Entrance fees in to Machu Picchu
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  • Included Cusco city tour
  • Included Biking, rafting & paragliding in Cusco
  • Included Abray Ipsay hike
  • Included Walk through the Sacred Valley in Peru
  • Included Machu Picchu guided tour
  • Included Explore the ruins of Ollantaytambo
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7 days

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$1,580 USD

Per person, twin share

Daily departures